Ben is an economist and forester, currently helping develop work on conservation finance in the Grantham Research Institute’s newly created ForestLAB. His work emphasizes ‘big’ datasets and geospatial tools.
Ben’s doctoral work at the University of Toronto focused on forest sector development paths, remote sensing of forest management, and the theory and empirics of productivity measurement. He has been extensively involved in the Canadian forest sector, including three years spent as the climate change lead for the Forest Products Association of Canada. He holds an M.Sc. in forest ecology and a B.A. in Environment and Development studies.
- Forest sector development
- Green growth
- Offsets and climate finance
- Economic applications of geospatial ‘big data’
- Environmental behavioural economics
Research - 2023
The authors of this paper propose and elaborate an alternative approach to address carbon leakage by design, based on a new conceptual framework for understanding leakage in nature-based interventions. Read more
This letter to Science, co-authored by 17 conservation and climate researchers, argues that carbon credits can be a valuable tool for climate change mitigation and forest conservation, but their success depends on improving their credibility. Read more
The authors of this paper take a behavioral economics approach, administering simplified decision problems (“choice experiments”), questions about choice-relevant preferences and views (“elicitation questions”), and a psychometric scale (the New Ecological Paradigm scale) to a difficult-to-recruit sample (n = 100) of Canadian professionals involved in managing Rangifer tarandus caribou (Woodland Caribou). Read more
To help nature-based offsets reach their potential for climate change mitigation, this working paper proposes an alternative approach to managing the issue of market leakage. Read more
Policy - 2023
This is a response made on behalf of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment to the... Read more